DreamWorks Home Entertainment
Puss in Boots – Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital
Reviewed by Chickbabe Extraordinaire Lynn Barker
In this spin-off from the Shrek film franchise, we learn Puss’s
history. The ever-lovable homeless kitten Puss (Antonio Banderas)
is taken in by a kindly woman who runs an orphanage. He pals up
with young Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis. The place is crawling
with fairy tale characters) who sets Puss up to take the fall
for a robbery, making our furry hero an outlaw and dissolving
the childhood friendship.
In present day, Humpty pops back into Puss’s life as both
are searching for the magic beans that will grow the famous beanstalk
leading to the castle in the sky where the Golden Goose lays those
cool, expensive golden eggs. Puss falls for Humpty’s secret
partner, the very purrrrty sneak thief Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek).
Their efforts are thwarted by mean husband and wife outlaws Jack
and Jill (voiced by Billy Bob Thorton and Amy Sedaris).
Special Features: Some really good ones! Okay,
I was nuts about the adorable kittens in the little short included
in this pack “The Three Diablos”. OMG are these guys
cute and do they give Puss a run for his cat crunchies! Just worth
buying the whole pack to get this.
You get cute interactive activities that are fun, at least on
a first time run-through: “Puss' Paw Pouncing Challenge”,
“A DreamWorks Fairytale”, “Fairytale Pop-Up
Book”, “Kitty Keyboard” “Klepto Kitty”
and “Kitty Strikes Again”.
There is a pop-up on screen “Trivia Track” that adds
to the interest of the film. In “Purr-fect Pairing”
you see Antonio and Salma who have worked together before in live
action, having a blast voicing their roles and hanging out at
press events for the movie. Very cute. “The Animator’s
Corner” is also a picture-in-picture track showing how scenes
were animated. A few “Deleted Scenes” are presented
in mostly storyboard or partially animated form but you get the
idea and some of these are very fun to watch. “Kitten to
Cat: The Progression of Puss in Boots” is the history of
the character from Shrek to his own film.
Wrapping Up: Yay, a cat as the hero for a change.
Zorro-like moves, over-the-top cuteness and Antonio Banderas’
voice just make Puss a fave. There is tons of animated action
in this movie, maybe even too much but Puss and pals are beautifully
animated, the jokes are, for the most part, quite clever, the
bad guys funny and evil and yes, there is a message of friendship,
responsibility etc. thrown in. If you and your family love cats,
if you loved Puss in the Shrek films and if you want a Blu-Ray/DVD
set that gives you hours of fun and colorful extras, this one
should be headed for your shelf at home! First thing.. watch “The
Three Diablos”. You’ll wanna curl up and purr.